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Steamboat Springs School District Hires Dr. Tim Ridder as New Director of Teaching and Learning

Steamboat Springs School District Hires Dr. Tim Ridder as New Director of Teaching and Learning

Steamboat Springs School District Hires Dr. Tim Ridder as New Director of Teaching and Learning  

Steamboat Springs, Colo. - April  7, 2023 - The Steamboat Springs School District hired Dr. Tim Ridder as the new Director of Teaching and Learning. He is slated to begin in July, before the 2023-2024 school year.  

Ridder has over 13 years of experience as a school administrator and is a former social studies teacher. He has been the principal of Summit High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Breckenridge, since 2019. Before that, he served as the principal of Lucile Erwin Middle School from 2016-2019, an IB school in Loveland. He holds a doctorate of education and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Notre Dame. 

“I believe my role as a leader is to help others with their own improvements and ultimately mediate the thinking of the system to maximize its capacity,” said Ridder. “I am a leader who helps to work on the soul of an organization.” 

At Summit High School, he worked to improve instructional strategies for teaching staff and developed a professional development plan that balanced various district initiatives. At Lucile Erwin Middle School, Ridder recreated the school's missions and vision and coordinated with teacher leadership teams to develop school literacy and social-emotional needs goals. 

“I am thrilled to have Ridder join the SSSD leadership team,” said Dr. Celine Wicks, superintendent. “He brings a wealth of experience, skills, and passion for students and staff and will be a tremendous asset to our school community.” 

The Director of Teaching and Learning directs the overall coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all district educational programs, conducts and plans meetings with administrative staff, instructional and non-instructional staff, parents, and community members, and recommends curriculum changes and adoptions based on input from critical stakeholder groups to the Superintendent and School Board for district-wide implementation.

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Media Contact: 
Laura Milius, Director of Communications 
lmilius@ssk12.org